The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and The Student PIRGs yesterday released a report on “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market”, based on a survey of students on 150 college campuses.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Students will risk poor grades rather than purchase assigned textbooks
  • The price of textbooks can produce a “ripple effect” on a student’s academic career, including which courses he/she chooses to take
  • Students support alternatives to traditional, high-priced textbooks — such as a model that includes free digital versions and low-cost hardcopy versions of texts

Read the full report:
Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives (PDF)

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Image: Selection from cover image, “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market”